Operation Round Up donates $9,500 to 12 local programs
Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round Up awarded $1,000 to the Burnett County Historical Society to provide interpretive guides at Forts Folle Avoine. Standing L-R: Polk-Burnett Operation Round Up Board Director JoAnn Kipping; Burnett County Historical Society President Jim McKeown; Burnett County Historical Society Board Director Jim Warrick; Forts Folle Avoine Parks Director Kim Wheeler; Burnett County Historical Society Board Directors Roberta Daggy and Joanie McKeown; and Polk-Burnett Operation Round Up Board Director Ed Peterson. Sitting in front L-R: Burnett County Historical Society Board Directors Tanya Lindquist and Paul Cunliffe.
Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round Up awarded $9,500 to 12 community organizations at its January 3, 2018, meeting. Funding for Operation Round Up is donated by members of Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative who round their monthly electric bill up to the next even dollar amount. Grant recipients are selected quarterly by a committee of co-op members, with financial donations awarded to nonprofit organizations that improve our local quality of life.
“Improving our local quality of life with reliable electricity, extraordinary service and community support is at the core of what we do every day,” said Polk-Burnett General Manager Steve Stroshane.
Operation Round Up grant recipients for winter 2018 are:
1. Burnett County Historical Society, $1,000, to provide interpretive guides at Forts Folle Avoine
2. Sterling, Eureka and Laketown Historical Society, $1,000, to improve handicap access to museum/community center in Cushing
3. Washburn County, $500, to purchase a camper and convert it into an incident command post
4. Polk County Historical Society, $450, to support the summer Pioneer School Program for children
5. Clear Lake Public Library, $1,000, to purchase 100 large print books
6. Polk-Burnett Retired Educators Association, $500, to purchase a book for every early childhood student in a Polk and Burnett county school
7. Luck School Cafe, $300, to open a learning lab that is a coffee shop operated by special education students
8. School District of Webster, $1,500, to support the food backpack program for children
9. Grantsburg Youth Hockey Association, $500, to help update and expand hockey arena
10. Softec Education, $1,000, to build a website for new workforce education program
11. St. Croix Falls High School Student Council, $750, to help with travel expenses for students to attend the state conference in Green Bay
12. Burnett County Tourism Coalition, $1,000, to support membership in Wisconsin Indian Head Country for Vacation Guide and shows
Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for a grant or co-op members who’d like to round their bill up in support of Operation Round Up may contact 800-421-0283 or see our Operation Round Up webpage. The next application deadline is March 1.
Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round Up awarded $1,000 to Burnett County Tourism Coalition (BCTC) January 12 to support county tourism efforts. L-R: Polk-Burnett Operation Round Up Board Director JoAnn Kipping; BCTC Board Director Harriett Rice; BCTC Vice President Chuck Anderson; BCTC Board Director Kim Wheeler; and Polk-Burnett Operation Round Up Board Director Ed Peterson.
Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round Up awarded $1,000 to SOFTEC Education, a new nonprofit workforce development program in Burnett County. SOFTEC will collaborate with WITC and local businesses to provide hands-on, skills training. L-R: Polk-Burnett Operation Round Up Board Director JoAnn Kipping; Polk-Burnett Accounting Manager Heather Gerber; SOFTEC Executive Director Tim D’Jock; SOFTEC Board Director/Director of Engineering at McNally Industries Trevor Swanson; Polk-Burnett Operation Round Up Board Director Ed Peterson and Polk-Burnett’s Siren Line Superintendent Jason Evenson.